January 6, 2003 Subject:
I needed a miracle - I got two
I guess somewhere back there I did something really nice for someone else, cause the gods were smiling on me at this/these shows.
On a whim, a phriend and I decide to leave the urban jungle of LA and embark upon yet another incident excursion . No tickets... No lodging... You know, that old chestnut.
We arrive in Frisco to find out that Cheese is playing at Amoeba Records for free, right next to Golden Gate Park. You have got to be kidding me! We get to Ameoba, park ourselves in the Bluegrass section right next to the Bill Monroe albums, and Cheese starts playing a Bill Monroe tune! "#@$%# !!!", I said, " Is that a co"incidence"?" Yes it was. Intimate and Cozy with String Cheese 10 feet away from us.
Next a drum circle in Golden Gate Park. Nice. Next we go to the Warfield to attempt to find tickets. I lose my friend. There I am outside the Warfield, wagging my finger in the air like a phrantic tour wookie. I hate those people goin around with their "I need a miracle", and all that "brother can you spare this or that" crap. Next thing you know , this relatively cute girl walks up and asks me sheepishly if I wanted to be an usher. I paused in thought, wondering if that meant that I take tickets at the door or what. Then it clicked, ushers are the guys that stand in the aisles and tell you to stop dancing... IN THE SHOW !!! "Hell yeah I want to be an usher", I said exuberantly.
She took me right through the front door of the art deco theatre, and led me into the staff briefing room. "Welcome to the Warfield" said some lady. "Your job is to make sure that people don't dance in the aisles. Please follow me for location assignments." She gave everyone a STAFF name tag, and as she was distributing them said, " You will work the first set and then you are free to go. Turn in the name tag at the bar for a free drink." No shit. They got me in free, AAAND they are buying me drinks ?!?! I was wondering if I was going to have to put out.
They put me on the balcony right next to the sound board and my cute neo-hippy friend. Perfect view. The venue was nice too (hahah). The show started, the band started groovin, the clouds started hovering, and needless to say, people were dancing in the aisles.I was right there with my Berkeley girl dancing with them. GOOD SHOW!!!